(Incomplete) Bibliography of Works Researched via Hymenaeus Beta and OTO Resources

With reference to past discussion of OTO policy re: access to material it holds copyright to, Ania Orzech recently posted a link [ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OCDry32ccgEDRtfcaBV4COL707xTcHl5QhGQoaoZlGg/edit?pli=1] to what she describes as an “incomplete” bibliography of work acknowledging access given and research done by the OHO. Further it’s noted that most people don’t realize how much time is devoted in helping worthy investigators study OTO, Thelema, Aleister Crowley and related topics using the materials OTO is the guardian of. The bibliography was supplied by someone who reportedly prefers to remain anonymous.

Bibliography Of Works Acknowledging Research and/or Editorial Assistance Of Hymenaeus Beta (William Breeze), Frater Superior of the O.T.O.

Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies, no. 1 (Autumn Equinox, 2009).

“[Thanks] to William Breeze, for kind permission to include Crowley’s unpublished poem ‘Babalon’ and for supplying us with a colour corrected version of the Lust tarot card” (128).  

Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies, no. 3 (Spring 2013).

“Special thanks go to those who have collectively encouraged our special feature ‘The Palermo Collection’: William Breeze [and others]” 175).

Booth, Martin. A Magick Life: The Biography of Aleister Crowley. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2000.

“Beyond all these, I owe very considerable thanks to the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) and, in particular, its most senior officer, Hymenaeus Beta, who has not only given me access to Crowley’s diaries in their original form, but has permitted me to quote freely from these without requesting a copyright fee. Furthermore, he has allowed me to obtain a wide range of other, primary source material and has gone well beyond the call of duty in responding to many complex questions the answers to which lie either in the archives of the OTO or in his prodigious memory and knowledge. Without him, this book would have been shallow and biased” (x).

Clayton, Adam [‘A Gentleman of Hastings’]. Netherwood: Last Resort of Aleister Crowley. London: Accumulator Press, 2012.

“I would especially like to thank William Breeze (Hymenaeus Beta) for his great generosity with images, letters and texts, for giving permission to quote from Aleister Crowley’s diaries, letters and poetry, and for his expert knowledge” (vi).

Churton, Tobias. Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic. Rochester and Toronto: Inner Traditions, 2014.

“William Breeze saw the point and warmly encouraged the project, providing rare unpublished material from the OTO archives. […] William Breeze read the manuscript, checking its accuracy without gainsaying the author’s interpretation        of distant events and obscure motives” (xviii).

Churton, Tobias. Aleister Crowley: The Biography. London: Watkins, 2011.

“It is hard to express adequately my gratitude to the World Head of the Ordo Templi Orientis, William Breeze (Hymenaeus Beta) who has not only offered innumerable corrections and insights to the manuscript, but has also provided a       wealth of previously unpublished material, from obscure diaries to rare letters from the OTO archive. He has, furthermore, generously made available his own researches, undertaken for his definitive edition of Crowley’s Confessions. For        these services, he has asked for nothing more than good will, freely leaving issues of interpretation to my best efforts. William Breeze has been this biography’s rod and comforter” (vii).

Fries, Jan. Nighshades: A Tourist Guide to the Nightside: With Introduction by Mogg Morgan. Oxford: Mandrake, 2012.

“Diagrams from original edition of Liber 231 reproduced here Courtesy Ordo Templi Orientis” (9).

Igliori, Paola (ed.). American Magus Harry Smith: A Modern Alchemist. New York: Inanout Press, 1996.

“Special thanks to Bill Breeze for his support, his beautiful texts on Harry, his help looking over the interviews and his notes and his serious lightness” (282).

Kansa, Spencer. Wormwood Star: The Magickal Life of Marjorie Cameron. Oxford: Mandrake, 2011.

“To my publisher Mogg Morgan, Martin P. Starr and William Breeze, who all initially helped launch this project off the ground, and shared their in-depth knowledge. Furthermore, I’m grateful to Bill for his counsel, the representations        he made on my behalf, and for allowing me access to the O.T.O. archives” (4).

Lingan, Edmund B. The Theatre of the Occult Revival: Alternative Spiritual Performance from 1875 to the Present. New York: Palgrave, 2014.

“Bill Breeze and Kittie Palakovich provided much-needed assistance in the use of photographs of Aleister Crowley” (xiii).

Parsons, John W., and Marjorie Cameron. Songs for the Witch Woman. London: Fulgur,  2014.

“Wedding photo […] Courtesy of O.T.O. Archives, New York” (174).

Pasi, Marco. Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics. Durham: Acumen, 2014.

        “The OTO International, who holds the rights to Crowley’s works, generously allowed me to reproduce his published and unpublished materials. Particular thanks go to William Breeze, Bill Heidrick and Tony Iannotti for their generous        help in providing me with important documents from the OTO archives” (xi).

Pasi, Marco, Giuseppe de Liberti, and Alessandra Sandrolini (eds). Peintures Inconnues D’Aleister Crowley: La Collection de Palerme. Milano: Archė, 2008.

“Nous remercions […] Ainsi que: Hymenaeus Beta – O.T.O.” (4). “Un remerciement aussi à l’Ordo Templi Orientis International, organisme détenteur des droits d’auteur de l’œvre de Crowley, qui a montré un grand intérêt pour le projet et a mis ses moyens à disposition pour sa rèalisation” (7).

Pendle, George. Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of the Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons. Orlando: Harcourt, 2005.

“[Thanks to] the OTO […] for allowing me to quote freely from the writings of … Aleister Crowley; [and to] Hymenaeus Beta for his constant advice and support” (310).

Perchuk, Andrew and Rani Singh (eds). Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the  American Vernacular. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2010.

“We are immensely grateful to […] William Breeze [and others], whose continual assistance,  constructive advice, and profound understanding of Harry Smith guided us through every step of this venture” (vi).

Richardson, Alan. Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune: The Logos of the Aeon and the Shakti of the Age. Woodbury: Llewellyn, 2009.

Photo of Aleister Crowley courtesy of William Breeze of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.).

“a lot of people gave me a great deal of help […] [including] William Breeze (xvi).

Richmond, Keith (ed.). Aleister Crowley, the Golden Dawn and Buddhism: Reminiscences and Writings of Gerald Yorke. York Beach: Teitan Press, 2011.

“William Breeze gave access to the Yorke material in the O.T.O. archives, and made many valuable suggestions. He also kindly facilitated permission from the O.T.O. to allow reproduction of the Crowley material to which they hold        copyright” (viii).

Shiva, Frater. Inside Solar Lodge, Outside the Law: True Tales of Initiation and High Adventure. York Beach: Teitan Press, 2007.

“[Thanks to] Hymenaeus Beta, Frater Superior, of the Ordo Templi Orientis, and his brethren in that Order, for their kind cooperation in providing access to the documentation and photographs in their archives, and permission to reproduce some of the same” (vii).

Spence, Richard. Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult. Port Townsend: Feral House, 2008.

“My sincere thanks also goes out to William Breeze [and others]” (v).\

10 photographs in the book are reproduced “Courtesy of Ordo Templi Orientis.”

Sutin, Lawrence. Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.

“Throughout the entire decade of work, the support and friendship of Hymenaeus Beta, Frater Superior, O.T.O., has been of enormous value. It was he who was the sole reader of my initial draft – in excess of 1,800 pages – and it was he who kindly and thoroughly scrutinized the final version that is now before the reader. No other person outside St. Martin’s Press has so served as reader and querent, and no other person could have done so fine a job” (viii).


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